Canadian Tank Cruiser, Ram Mk II History and 1:16 Scale modelSeptember 18, 2018
The #Ram tank is used by the #Canadian forces during the Battle of #Normandy, in addition to the #Shermans. Their use is limited to reconnaissance missions or transport of command posts as well as #assault troops (modified version of the Ram without its turret: the Ram Kangaroo).
After the Second World War, copies of the Ram Mk II were handed over to #Holland, thus avoiding the Allies repatriating them. They armed the first two armored battalions of the #Dutch army until 1952.
The Ram was designed
in an attempt to get a more flexible tank than the Medium Tank M3, which carried its main 75mm gun in the hull and only a 37mm anti tank gun in the turret. The British Tank Mission was allowed to order a modified M3 that had a larger turret without the normal machine gun cupola, but this was an interim design, to fill the gap before the arrival of the M4 Sherman, which was to carry a 75mm gun in the turret.
The British Tank Mission
and the Canadian General Staff agreed to produce their own medium tank in Canada. This would use a new cast upper hull and turret, carry the British #6-pounder (57mm) anti-tank gun in the turret, but use the engine, drive train and suspension of the M3. Work on the hull and turret progressed quickly, and a pilot tank armed with a 2-pounder gun was ready by June #1941. Work on the 6-pounder was slower, and so the first 50 tanks were completed as the Ram Mk I, and were armed with the 2-pounder gun used in the Valentine tank.
The 6-pounder mount
was ready to enter production in January 1942. Tanks that carried this gun were designated as the Ram II in Canadian and British service. It was something of an interim design, sitting between the M3 and M4. When a pilot tank armed with the 2-pounder gun was sent to the Aberdeen Proving Grounds in July 1941 it was known as the Medium Tank M3 (Canadian). A possible version using a riveted hull was almost given the designation M3A6, but in February 1942 the Ram II was given the US designation Medium Tank M4A5.
A more powerful anti-tank
Although the Ram II carried a more powerful anti-tank gun in its turret than the M3, the 6-pounder lacked a good high explosive shell, a flaw with most British designed tanks until quite late in the war. Although 1,899 Rams were built between January 1942 and the summer of 1943, it was never used in combat, but it did play a major part in the training of Canadian armoured units.
Changes were made to the design
A number of changes were made to the design during the production run of the Ram II. The auxiliary machine gun turret was replaced with a more standard ball mount. The R975 EC2 engine was replaced with an R975 C1 that could use 80 octane fuel. The heavier suspension bogies developed for the M3 were also used on later Rams.
Used by the Canadian forces
The Ram tank is used by the Canadian forces during the Battle of Normandy, in addition to the Shermans. Their use is limited to reconnaissance missions or transport of command posts as well as assault troops (modified version of the Ram without its turret: the Ram Kangaroo).
After the Second World War, copies of the Ram mk II were handed over to Holland, thus avoiding the Allies repatriating them. They armed the first two armored battalions of the Dutch army until 1952.
Jager are releasing a new conversion of the Sherman to RAM II along with this will be 1/16 scale crew, British/ Canadian accessories